Arcadia Cocoa Loco - Arcadia Brewing Company
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Reviews by falloutsnow:
4.28/5 rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
A hard pour into a standard US pint glass produces a huge head (note to self: pour a bit more gently next time) of dark brown, fairly dense foam. This recedes within a few minutes so that you can look at your beer proper. Totally opaque, dark brown or black in color. In light, gives off some dark ruby red hues. Adequate lacing from the head's declension, individual sips...not so much.
Dominant scents of chocolate syrup (or cocoa powder), mocha, chocolate milk, and molasses. A bit of ethanol in the background. This is kind of like the beer equivalent of Kahlua or Bailey's.
Big chocolate tastes upfront, fades to a roasted/charred barley/coffee ground flavor in the finish. Just enough hops to add some balance, mostly lurking in the far back. Alcohol is there, too, providing a gentle burn in the back (more noticeable with beer warmth). Trying this beer after a piece of milk chocolate, I can say the stout has a definite alcohol bite to it, is less sugary, but also features a distinct burnt or smoky flavor that is not present otherwise.
Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than expected, about medium heavy. Carbonation is fairly middle of the road, too, nothing aggressive, but still noticeable. A "gentle" mouthfeel, I would call it. The finish is surprisingly dry, given what seems to be a small amount of hops used. Would have liked a bigger body and perhaps a bit more carbonation.
While drinking this, I find myself thinking that this is what the original "chocolate beverage" of native peoples could have tasted like. Sort of. While you can call this a stout, it's almost like it's own style of that genre: the super-chocolaty stout. The flavor is big enough to make this a sipper (and the alcohol level is just about there, too). If you enjoy chocolate, or chocolate-tasting beverages, you should check this one out. I know I'll be returning to it.
Serving type: bottle
05-04-2011 04:10:21 | More by falloutsnow
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4/5 rDev +11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served an almost pitch black color with tiny of tan colored head. The heads fades almost instantly leaving only a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is huge of a sweet cocoa and milk chocolate smell. Along with these aromas are some notes of roasted malt as well as notes of cream, vanilla, and caramel mixed within. Overall quite chocolaty and delicious.
Taste – The taste begins of a semi-sweet chocolate and roasted malt flavor mixed with a cocoa powder taste. As the flavor moves forward, more sweet chocolate comes to the tongue with it being joined by vanilla and caramel flavors as well. A milkier like flavor grows in the taste with some hints of darker fruits as well. The darker fruits are mainly of a raisin and plum giving a nice balance to the chocolate flavors of the brew. In the end, with a light earthy flavor also coming to the tongue, and with the big dose of sweet chocolate and the lighter darker fruits flavors of the brew, one is left with a pleasant fruit chocolate bar flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. The lower carbonation is fantastic for the chocolaty flavors of the brew although a bit thicker of a body would have likely been more appropriate for the style. Overall the mouthfeel is rather decent.
Overall – A rather tasty chocolaty brew with some nice big flavors. Sweet and delicious!
Serving type: on-tap
02-18-2014 01:34:06 | More by Darkmagus82
3.9/5 rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Appearance is very dark brown with a short, tan head and some light lacing.
Nose has plenty of lactose--sweat cream. It also has chicory, black licorice, a fruity dark chocolate, and almond.
Taste has alcohol up front that fades. It is buttery, with almond milk, Hershey's chocolate, and bitter dried cherry.
Mouthfeel is dry and smooth. with light carbonation. Very pleasing, soft and creamy finish with a light, butter slickness.
This is a well-made beer. The mouthfeel alone makes it worth a try.
Serving type: bottle
02-05-2014 05:07:17 | More by dorianmarley
3.2/5 rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
poured onto a 16 oz tumbler - only slight head with virtually little retension. mild aroma with a decent first taste but a rather musty aftertaste. Not as heavy or as flavorful as you would expect a full body stout to be. weak on flavor. does;t compare w/ most stouts on the market today - will not buy again.
Serving type: bottle
01-30-2014 01:31:55 | More by Segelstrom
Arcadia Cocoa Loco from Arcadia Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.